Car Maintenance: Jobs You Can Do Yourself that will Save you a Fortune

On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

If you have a car then you will understand how annoying it is to have to pay for a new oil change or to even have something cleaned. This can burn a hole in your pocket over time and it can really cause you to go into debt as well. If you want to avoid all of this then one way around it would be for you to take care of any repairs yourself. You may be thinking that you’ve never even popped the bonnet on your car before, but these jobs are very easy for you to do yourself.

Battery Maintenance

To do this, all you’ll need is a couple of wrenches, a wire brush and some corrosion removal fluid. If you don’t have all of this then it is very affordable for you to buy it. A good battery connection is crucial if you want to keep your car running properly and if you do see a couple of specs on your posts then this can be enough to keep your car from starting. If you are not sure if your car needs to undergo this maintenance then remove your terminals and also make sure that you remove the negative cable first. Then, clean the posts. To do this, apply some fluid and scrub it with the wire brush. A dead battery can easily be avoided, so it helps to pop the hood every now and again so you can keep your car in the best possible condition. If you do plan to do some DIY to your car then it helps to check with an insurance company, such as to see if any repairs you do will affect your policy.

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Flushing the Radiator

Flushing the radiator is another easy job. All you’ll need is a screwdriver set, some radiator flushing solution, a funnel and a coolant receptacle. This job shouldn’t take more than half an hour, but your car needs to have the cooling system and radiator working as well as it can in order to keep everything under control. It helps to make sure that the car is completely cool before you start, and when you have done this, find the drain plug. Put the coolant in place and then unscrew the plug. Let the old coolant drain out properly, before you put the plug back on. Then, take out the radiator cap and use the funnel to put the cleaning solution in.  Replace the cap, start the car and let everything get up to room temperature. When you have done this, turn the heater right up as far as it will go, for 10 minutes. Turn your car off, drain the coolant and then re-fill with fresh coolant.

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Old coolant is fatal to pets but it has a really sweet taste, so take it to your local petrol station so they can dispose of it properly. It’s really important that you let your car cool down properly before you add the new coolant and this is because if you don’t then you run the risk of heating up the car when you are trying to work on it and this can cause you serious injury.

Other than that, it is more than possible for you to do this job yourself and it doesn’t take long either!

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